Today we're bringing you another guest post from Zack Kramer, the second in his five part series on the political economies of the former Soviet Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Today we're looking at Kyrgyzstan.As always, if you would like to pitch something for attwiw, please email me. And if you’ve enjoyed this … Continue reading The Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan
I swear I keep trying to stop blogging, but every time I think I'm out, Donald Trump pulls me back in. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1075878792168685568 Mattis is quitting because he opposes the withdrawal from Syria that Trump announced yesterday. That much is plain from his relatively (for DC) frank resignation letter: My views on treating allies with respect … Continue reading What Wheels?
In attwiw's newest guest post, Zack Kramer offers some background on Kazakhstan. This article is the first in a planned series of five from Zack on the political economies of the former Soviet Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Remote and sparsely populated, these countries have taken different approaches to establishing their … Continue reading The Political Economy of Kazakhstan
Carson Rogers returns today to finish his two-part series on the politics and culture of the Edo/Tokugawa period. In the first installment, he looked at the political structure of that period and how it shaped Japanese society and culture. In this piece, Carson focuses on the rise of the Japanese merchant class and its effect … Continue reading Culture and Politics in Tokugawa Japan, Part 2: The Floating World
It's time for another guest post! Today we've got a piece by freelance writer and Harvard Divinity School student Hannah Gais on the recent schism between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople over the latter's decision to give Ukrainian church leaders permission to form an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Hannah argues … Continue reading Inaccurate Conception: Orthodoxy, Autocephaly, and the Nation-State
Happy Hallowen! Today I'm very pleased to bring you the second part of Travis Haycraft's two-part series on Saddam Hussein's military buildup in Iraq. Part one took us through the 1970s, leading up to the Iran-Iraq War, and today's piece looks at how the war both affected and was affected by the military machine Saddam … Continue reading Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 2: War Is a Racket
We've got a new guest post today from writer Carson Rogers. I love Japanese history but know very little about it. Luckily Carson does, and today he begins what looks like a two-part series on the politics and culture of the Edo/Tokugawa period. Today's installment looks at the political structure of that period and how … Continue reading Culture and Politics in Tokugawa Japan, Part 1: Country in Chains